COVID-19 Protocols as of October 15, 2021
The Milan Village Arts school recommenced in-person classes on May 1, 2021. To ensure the safest class environment for everyone involved, the school implemented a COVID policy that required all students, instructors and MVAS staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of class. This policy has been highly effective and the school was able to successfully run a number of classes during the spring, summer and fall of 2021. By October, the school had hoped this policy could be relaxed, but the spread of the Delta variant required changes to be postponed. Until further notice, the following protocols will remain in place.
• All instructors, students and MVAS staff are required to be fully vaccinated at the time of class. Please bring your proof of vaccination when attending class.
- Only instructors, students and staff will have access to the school during class.
- All CDC guidelines current at the time of class will be implemented, including social distancing and hand washing. As all participants are vaccinated, the wearing of masks will be at the discretion of the instructor.
- If students feel unwell prior to the class, they should not attend class. Students will receive a full refund if they are unable to attend class due to illness.
- If a student or instructor tests positive for COVID-19 in the week following the class, they should contact the school.Though not a requirement, MVAS requests everyone to take extra care to avoid contact with the public in the week prior to the class.
The Milan Village Arts School acknowledges some students do not wish to be vaccinated. Those students are no less valued or less important to the school. It is our hope in the near future the school will be able to accommodate these students back into our classes.
These policies are likely to change and be updated over the next 12 months. Please contact the school or visit our website for the latest updates: www.milanvillageartsschool.org
Updated Dec 30, 2020
MVAS is closely following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health. Depending on future recommendations, our policies may change.
Is that light at the end of the tunnel we see? Possibly. In our last Notification, dated Sep 16, 2020, the school indicated it expected to commence classes on Jan 1, 2021. In the Jul 3, 2020 Notification, we set specific requirements for the reopening of the school which are listed below. Sadly, none of these have been met.
- A viable vaccine for COVID-19 must be available. The vaccine must be effective, safe, affordable and accessible for all.
- Adequate testing for COVID-19. Testing must be reliable and accessible to all who wish to be tested. If the students and instructor can test prior to the class and thus guarantee their COVID free status, then classes can resume in safety.
- A significant reduction in US COVID-19 cases nationally. Contact tracing and quarantining is all but impossible with the current 50,000 – 100,000 new cases per day. If the situation becomes a manageable one, then the school can start reassessing the possibility of reopening classes.